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Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
I'm an ecologist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Also visit me at www.instagram.com/victoriafloraandfauna/
Published November 5th 2018
Explore the bush, take a picnic or play on the oval
Donald McDonald Reserve in Beaumaris is a park with two sections: a dog-friendly sports oval and facilities at one end, and a native bushland area at the other.

Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, park, sports oval, bushland, walks, walking tracks, dog-friendly, playground, picnic, wildflowers
Donald McDonald Reserve - the sports oval visible from the bushland area


The bushland area has several sandy trails that wind through woodland and heathland vegetation. There's lots of native flora to see in this section, particularly in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. Common species include Sandhill Sword-Sedge, Green Sheoak, Comon Correa, Flax-lilies and Austral Stork's-bill. If you look closely, you might even spot native orchids, such as Tiny Greenhood and Sun Orchids.

Spot the wildflowers in the reserve, such as the Common Correa or Native Fuschia


The local Council manages this section of the reserve to conserve the local flora and to provide habitat for native fauna, particularly birds and skinks. Some areas have been fenced off, where ecological burns have been carried out and the tea-tree and coast wattle have been removed. These areas have the highest quality vegetation and are good spots to look over the fence to spot the heathland wildflowers in springtime.

Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, park, sports oval, bushland, walks, walking tracks, dog-friendly, playground, picnic, wildflowers
One of the fenced areas for regeneration


There are several well-placed seats to sit and relax.

Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, park, sports oval, bushland, walks, walking tracks, dog-friendly, playground, picnic, wildflowers
A shady area to sit and relax in the bushland section of the reserve


At the other end of the reserve is the oval. Framed by shady eucalypts and patches of the bushland, it's a lovely place to walk the dog or kick a football. There are several spots with dog poo bags if you've forgotten yours. There's also a shady playground for the kids to play.

Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, park, sports oval, bushland, walks, walking tracks, dog-friendly, playground, picnic, wildflowers
View across the sports oval


Access to the park is from any of the surrounding four streets, with numerous entrances for walkers around all four sides. There's a formal car park off Keating Street, where there's also an undercover picnic/BBQ area.

Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, park, sports oval, bushland, walks, walking tracks, dog-friendly, playground, picnic, wildflowers
One of the many entrances to the reserve


The reserve is named after Donald McDonald, who was a noted naturalist and a journalist with The Argus newspaper.

There is an active Friends group that hold regular working bees and activities in the reserve.

Donald McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris, park, sports oval, bushland, walks, walking tracks, dog-friendly, playground, picnic, wildflowers
One of the sandy walking trails through the heathland section


Donald McDonald Reserve is one of several reserves in the Bayside area that protect indigenous heathland and woodland vegetation. These reserves are the last remaining fragments of the iconic 'Sandringham Flora' that once covered the region. Other reserves to explore include Long Hollow Heathland and Balcombe Park, both nearby in Beaumaris, and George Street Reserve and Bay Road Heathland Sanctuary in Sandringham.
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Why? Walk the dog, run around the oval, and explore the bushland
When: Any time
Phone: 03 9599 4444 (Bayside City Council)
Where: Fourth Street, Beaumaris
Cost: Free
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